So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, "In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay." And, "But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back." But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
In a time of panic and crisis, and when we see irrational behaviour like hoarding and fighting over essentials, it displays how much we are driven by our external circumstances. Stock markets are crashing and we are seeing panic, fear and desperation. All that the world has put its confidence in (the economy, comfort, material possessions, health) is crumbling.
Where do people look for hope, direction and security? In what or in whom do we find our confidence?
In Hebrews 10:35-39, the author is speaking to a Christian community that was under great persecution. In a time of fear and panic, they are being exhorted to persevere and remain confident in 'He who is coming'. For them, it is not the time to abandon their confidence and give in to panic.
We can find similar comparisons to how many in the world have been responding to the current coronavirus pandemic that has gripped society. For some, we have been triggered into following the fear-driven actions of those needlessly panic-buying. We have looked and listened to those focused and fearful of the present times, instead of looking and listening to the One who calls us to look ahead to when He returns.
Are there areas where you need to realign in what and whom you put your ultimate confidence?
Yes, this challenge that we as a global community face may be with us for many weeks and even months. We must be wise, prudent and sensible in following the guidance of those whom God has placed in authority: adhering to social distancing, not going out especially if we are unwell, looking out for those who are isolated and lonely. More than that, however, we must continue persevering with our eyes fixed on our heavenly reward. We must not cast away our confidence in Christ, but must continue living by faith.
I pray you may draw even closer to God in this time. Please pray for loved ones, our leaders, our healthcare workers, those struggling with their health or careers, and for our fallen world as we wait for our Father to call us home.
Dawn Penney and the Korus Connect Family
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